Dallas Closes Year At States
YORK — He probably would have preferred ending his high school golf career with a state medal, but Dallas’ Ethan Zawatski can walk away knowing he did everything he could toward that goal.
Zawatski played consistent golf in windy conditions Wednesday, leading the Mountaineers with a 4-over-par 75 in the PIAA Class 3A team championships at Heritage Hills Resort.
Dallas finished last among the six teams that qualified for the state finals, at 36-over par for its four scores, but just two shots behind Manheim Twp. and LaSalle College, which tied for third.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic won the title at 16-over, five ahead of Unionville.
“It was very tough,” Zawatski said. “I was really grinding for a while. I went on a little bogey train for a while in the middle of the round, four or five in a row, but I answered back with some birdies.”
Two of his birdies came back-to-back on the par-3 15th, where a well-placed 7-iron shot retreated down the slope and left him a 15-footer that he canned, and on the tricky par-4 16th.
“Overall, I was just grinding well and very happy with how I played,” Zawatski said.
He also hopes he set the tone for future Dallas teams. This was the first to qualify for states.
“I hope that the way all the seniors have led the team, that sets up a good foundation because they have a lot of guys returning next year,” Zawatski said. “Hopefully they can get back here next year and get another shot at it.”
Coach Jane Kilduff expects her team to take home a lot of knowledge.
“I think giving them that first-time experience, see what it’s all about, know what to expect, know what to work for, set those goals and propel us forward,” Kilduff said.
Freshman Logan Paczewski posted 77, Brett Ostrowski had 81 and Cooper Kelley and Matt Dolan carded 86 and 88, respectively.
“I think they have to learn to accept their shots,” Kilduff said. “It’s a tough course and they can’t expect to go low. You have to keep producing one shot at a time and see what happens in the end.”
Scranton Prep’s boys came home with a second straight silver medal in Class 2A, finishing second to North East, and edging third-place Sewickley Academy by two shots.
Hazleton Area girls finished sixth in Class 3A, as did Elk Lake girls in Class 2A.
District 2 Team scores
Class 3A boys
Dallas (320, 6th of 6): Ethan Zawatski 75, Logan Paczewski 77, Brett Ostrowski 81, Cooper Kelley 86, Matt Dolan 88.
Hazleton Area (280, 6th of 6): Marin Dremock 82, Grace Babinchak 96, Isabell Ritz 102, Alivia Miesowitz 120, Jenna Kubitz 122 .
Class 2A boys
Scr. Prep (331, 2nd of 6): Andrew Mariotti 81, M.J. Stivala 81, Michael Sewack 84, Collin Ennis 85, Matt Tressler 91
Class 2A girls
Elk Lake (335, 6th of 6): Chloe Sipe 92, Taegan Mills 105, Payton LaRue 139, Reese Warriner 141, Jenna Date 150
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